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NOTAM Now Available For Download
The FAA-approved, EAA-designed AirVenture Oshkosh
2002 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is now available for download on the
AirVenture website. The NOTAM contains official arrival and departure
procedures for EAA’s 50th annual gathering at Wittman Regional Airport.
The NOTAM booklet was designed by EAA and approved by FAA to assist pilots
in preparations for their AirVenture flights. The NOTAM is in effect July
20-29 and outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to
Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports.
Additional web-viewable formats will be available on the site soon, plus a
30-page printed version is expected to become available sometime in
mid-May, according to the FAA. At that time you can order one through EAA
Membership Services at 800-564-6322 or through any one of 15 selected
Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS) throughout the country. Canadian
pilots looking for a printed copy should contact Transport Canada, General
Aviation, at 613-990-1022.
28th Annual Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In Begins
"Red, White and Blue
Skies” is the theme for the 28th annual Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In, which begins this Sunday, April 7, and runs through
Saturday, April 13. Opening day features Kermit Weeks arriving in his
Spirit of St. Louis replica at 11 a.m. in honor of the 75th anniversary of
Charles Lindbergh's famous New York-to-Paris flight. The airplane will
remain on display near the airshow announcer's stand before departing Sun
'n Fun Wednesday for shipment to Paris, where it will re-enact Lindbergh's
landing at LeBourget. Also on opening day, EAA President Tom Poberezny
will hold a Grassroots
Gatherings event beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the museum amphitheater ...
Chicago TFR Stays in Effect Until City, FAA Conclude Campaign
The temporary flight restriction in the city of Chicago
remains in effect pending final approval of a dual-purpose campaign—one
for the general public and one for pilots—according to the FAA Great Lakes
Regional Office. Negotiations between the FAA and the city regarding final
details of the campaign are nearing completion. The campaign is intended
to help ease post-September 11 public fear of airplanes flying in
perceived close proximity to large city buildings.
The public campaign will publicize
what GA is and where it flies, while the pilot campaign will supply
advisory information on recommended routes and flying etiquette, as well
as asking pilots to spread the word among their own ranks.
Removes SSN, Pilot Certificate Search Capabilities From Website
The FAA has
removed partial social security number and partial pilot certificate
number search capabilities on its Airmen Inquiry website site. As reported
last week, this capability had briefly allowed searches using partial
Social Security numbers or pilot certificate number (which are the same in
the vast majority of cases), yielding names and addresses of airmen
matched to the final six digits of a SSN.
The FAA reported on Monday
that searches can only be conducted by entering a complete last name and
partial first name, and that SSN, pilot certificate number or date of
birth will not be displayed.
The change protects the privacy rights
of individual pilots while preserving the original intent of Congress in
accordance with the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st
Three Dozen Balloons Committed To ‘Family Flight
And Balloon Festival’
More than three dozen hot-air
balloons, including 25 flying competitors, have confirmed their
participation at the first EAA Family Flight and Balloon Festival, which
will be held at the EAA Aviation Center on June 1-2.
are among the highlights of the two-day event, which also includes
numerous hands-on activities, demonstrations and displays. The EAA Family
Flight and Balloon Festival is designed for families to enjoy the wonders
Senator Visits EAA Headquarters
Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) visited EAA Headquarters
in Oshkosh on Monday, April 1, where he toured the facility and conducted
a town meeting for local residents. Feingold also spoke briefly with EAA
Executive Vice President Bob Warner and AirVenture Museum Director Adam
Smith on several EAA initiatives, including EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk
and the Science-Math-Technology project.
Volunteers sought for AirVenture Youth Activity
The AirVenture Youth
Activity Pavilion, located in the northwest corner of Paul’s Woods in Camp
Scholler, is looking for additional volunteers to help work with children
and conduct activities like volleyball, story time, crafts, etc. Morning
(8:30-11:15) and afternoon (12:15-4:00)and afternoon shifts are available.
Those interested should contact Robin Jones at email@example.com
On The Flight Line
"New Spirit" Makes
First Cross-Country Flight
Erik Lindbergh, grandson of
Charles Lindbergh, made his first cross-country flight this week in the
Lancair Columbia 300 New Spirit of St. Louis, the airplane he plans to fly
along the same route as his grandfather 75 years ago. Lindbergh flew 1,400
nm non-stop from Bend (Oregon) Municipal Airport (S07) to the Spirit of St
Louis Airport (SUS) in St. Louis, Missouri., in exactly seven hours for an
average speed of 200 knots (230 mph).
Lindbergh has two more
“practice” long-distance flights: he'll arrive at the Sun ’n Fun EAA
Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, mid-morning on Sunday, April 7. The New
Spirit of St. Louis will be on display throughout Sunday and early Monday
in front of The Lancair Company tent near the flight line. On Monday it's
back west to San Diego, California, where he’ll begin to retrace his
grandfather’s Lone Eagle Flights of 1927, topped off by the New York-Paris
Flight. Erik will begin, as his grandfather did, on April 14 at Lindbergh
Field in San Diego and complete the trip in May at Le Bourget
The New Spirit of St. Louis flights are a project of the
X-PRIZE Foundation located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Hope Remains That the Boeing 307 Stratoliner Will Fly
It’s not yet clear what will be done with the vintage Boeing 307
Stratoliner that ditched into Puget Sound on March 28 after experiencing
engine trouble in all four of its 1,100 hp Wright Cyclones. This
beautifully restored airplane—one of only 10 built and the last one to
flying—made another big splash last year when it was publicly debuted at
EAA AirVenture’s AeroShell Square.
The aircraft, dubbed the Clipper
Flying Cloud, was raised from the salty water the next day, immediately
moved by barge to a terminal on the Duwamish River, then drenched in fresh
water and a preservative solution to stop salt water corrosion. Crews
transferred the plane to Boeing Plant 2, ironically where it was
originally built and later rebuilt from 1996-2001
The airplane is
owned by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and was planned as
a central fixture of the museum’s new annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy
Center, set to open in 2003. At this writing, museum officials are
undecided whether the 33.000-pound aircraft, the world’s first
pressurized-cabin, transcontinental commercial airliner, will be restored
to display or full flying condition. After all, once it becomes a part of
the museum, the Smithsonian has no plans to ever fly it again.
however, hope the Clipper Flying Cloud lives up to its name again before
being relegated to the national archives.
Lectures Mark 60th Anniversary of
Two free public lectures on the “Doolittle Raiders” will be held
on April 15 at the McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas
(UTD). The lectures commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bold operation
led by Gen. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle in which a squadron of B-25 bombers
took off on April 18, 1942, from the carrier U.S.S. Hornet and attacked
Tokyo just four months after Pearl Harbor. Col. C.V. Glines, USAF (Ret.),
the official biographer of the Doolittle Raiders and curator of the
Doolittle Library at UTD, will present “The Doolittle Raiders” from 10-11
a.m. while Dr. Erik D. Carlson, head of special collections at UTD,
discuss “Jimmy Doolittle: Hollywood vs. Reality.” Both lectures take place
in the library auditorium. Doolittle’s name is on the Military Aviation
Library at UTD. Upon his death in 1993 at age 96, Doolittle left the
university his personal correspondence, photographs, log books, papers,
medals and trophies.
Sandel Receives TSO
Certification for Terrain Awareness and Warning System
two years of development, Sandel Avionics, Inc. was awarded the FAA
Technical Standard Order (TSO) for its ST3400 TAWS/RMI (Terrain Awareness
and Warning System).
The unit is a panel-mounted replacement for an
existing Mechanical RMI, providing Class A or Class B TAWS functionality.
It operates as a self-contained, integrated display TAWS in a small 3ATI
package, providing approximately 4 inches of viewable area. Patented LCD
technology produces a bright, high-contrast display image viewable in all
light conditions. Jeppesen terrain and obstacle data is used to develop
TAWS terrain alerts in 30- and 15-arc second formats.
The FAA will
require Part 92, Part 135 and Part 121 turbine-powered aircraft to equip
their aircraft with TAWS by March 2005. For more information, visit www.sandel.com.
Second Golden West Air Race on September
Aircraft Spruce and EAA will co-sponsor the second Golden
West Air Race on September 6 to open the Golden West Fly-in at Yuba County
(California) Airport (MRV). Nine airplanes classes will compete for a
total of $4,000 in gift certificates, awarded to the top three pilots in
each class, which include:
Unlimited – single-engine up to 550
ci; Stock Certified – single-engine up to 550 ci, no aftermarket
enhancements; Modified Certified - single-engine up to 550 ci, with
performance enhancements; Trojan – 180 hp or less, with separate
categories for homebuilt and factory built aircraft; Corinthian –
160 hp or less, homebuilt and factory builts; and Spartan – 125 hp
or less, homebuilt and factory built classes.
against the clock beginning at Apple Valley Airport (APV), flying 328 nm
north at Lincoln (LHM). Entrants must have proof of $1 million liability
coverage. There is also a $30 nonrefundable entry fee. To obtain an entry
form, call Aircraft Spruce at 800-824-2930, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q & A: Question of the
Question For EAA
Aviation Information Services:
Can you advise me if the subject
aircraft qualifies under the forthcoming Sport Aircraft category. I did
not see it on any of your lists.
Answer: The Mooney
Mite won't qualify for operation by sport pilots due to the fact that it
has retractable landing gear. Also, according to the factory
specifications, the maximum level flight speed at max continuous power is
138 mph, which is in excess of the 132 mph limit for light-sport
aircraft. EAA has posted a list of likely
candidates for inclusion under the proposed light-sport aircraft rule on
the sport pilot website, www.sportpilot.org.
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